Crime Texas man found guilty in death, dismemberment of student

23:25  16 april  2018
23:25  16 april  2018 Source:   ap.org

Defense: Man not guilty of murdering Texas student

  Defense: Man not guilty of murdering Texas student The attorney for a man charged with murdering a Texas college student says the woman died accidentally during sex. FORT WORTH, Texas — The attorney for a man charged with murdering a Texas college student says the woman died accidentally during sex.

In court on Tuesday, the defense lawyer for Texas man on trial for the murder of a college student said her client didn’t murder his date, but instead panicked after the victim died during “kinky sex.” McGinty asserted Bryant was only guilty of tampering with evidence, not murder.

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This Sept. 18, 2016 photo provided by the Grapevine Police Department shows 30-year-old Charles Dean Bryant. © Grapevine Police Department via AP This Sept. 18, 2016 photo provided by the Grapevine Police Department shows 30-year-old Charles Dean Bryant. FORT WORTH, Texas — A Texas jury on Monday convicted a man of killing a college student who was found dismembered, burned and with her heart cut out — rejecting a defense attorney's argument that her client panicked only after the woman died during consensual sex.

Jurors in Fort Worth deliberated less than three hours before finding Charles Dean Bryant guilty of murder in the death of Jacqueline Vandagriff, a 24-year-old student at Texas Woman's University in Denton.

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Carman Major Jenkins was an honor student , the drum major for her high school band and somebody who was trusted with the keys to Buncombe Street United Methodist Church. On Tuesday, the 24-year-old woman became a convicted murderer after she pleaded guilty for her part in the 2008 death of

Bryant, 31, also was found guilty of tampering with evidence.

Defense attorney Glynis McGinty argued that Vandagriff died accidentally during consensual sex with Bryant. She said a plastic tie was placed around Vandagriff's neck, causing asphyxiation. Prosecutors countered that there's no evidence the two had sex.

McGinty said Bryant committed a crime by panicking and disposing of the woman's body in September 2016, but he did not commit murder.

But prosecutor Lucas Allan told jurors that contrary to defense claims, Bryant didn't "freak out" because Vandagriff died. Bryant deliberately killed her and calmly dismembered her body while cutting out her heart, Allan said.

"Why cut out the heart? What does it have to do with disposing of a body? He cut her heart out," the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Allan as telling jurors Monday. "I want that image to sink in."

Bryant and Vandagriff met at a bar in Denton and went to a second bar before leaving together. Her purse was found in the trash at Bryant's home. Investigators later learned that a former girlfriend had a protective order against Bryant for allegedly stalking and harassing the woman.

The punishment phase of the trial is underway. Bryant faces up to life in prison.

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